Apply early to vote by post or proxy in May’s elections

Residents are being urged to apply early if they are thinking of voting by post or proxy in the upcoming May elections. Voters go to the polls on Thursday, 6 May to elect a new West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and councillors to represent them on Worcestershire County Council. Arrangements are being made to make sure people can vote in per...
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Traveller and Travelling Showpeople sites proposed

New sites to provide accommodation for Travelling Showpeople and Travellers are being put forward by councils in South Worcestershire. Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon councils need to provide 59 Traveller pitches and 8 Travelling Showpeople plots by 2030 to meet demand. Wychavon needs to provide 37 of these but has already appro...
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Plan to make The Malverns a green tourism destination

The Malverns is ideally placed to benefit from changes in people's leisure habits after the Covid-19 pandemic by becoming a green tourism destination. Malvern Hills District Council's new Visitor Economy Action Plan sets out how the tourism sector will be supported to rebuild up until 2025 with a focus on making the most of its beautiful scenery, h...
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Business centre set to expand

A coworking space created to provide support to small businesses and new start-ups can now expand further after securing a long-term commitment from Malvern Hills District Council. Despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, BLOOM.SPACE is still proving tremendously popular with businesses and people that can't work from home, with more than 30...
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Covid-19 recovery at heart of revised plan

Supporting the district's recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic has been made a key part of Malvern Hills District Council's blueprint for the future. A revised version of the council's Five Year Plan was approved by the Executive Committee on Tuesday (19 January) and includes several new actions focused on supporting communities and local businesses...
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Commemorative space to mark pandemic

A commemorative space to mark the Covid-19 pandemic is planned by Malvern Hills District Council. The council wants to work with partners to plant trees to create a natural tribute to those who have lost their lives to the virus. It will also serve as a reminder of the dedication of key workers and communities who pulled together to help the distri...
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Chairman receives Covid-19 vaccine

The Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council is urging those being called for the Covid-19 vaccine to make sure they attend their appointment, after receiving the jab himself. Cllr Dean Clarke was vaccinated on Thursday, 7 January 2021 after being informed by the NHS it was his turn. Cllr Clarke said: "I was impressed with the whole process and t...
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Views wanted on Hallow Neighbourhood Plan

Residents in Hallow can have their say on proposed plans for future development in their parish. The draft Hallow Neighbourhood Plan covers the period between 2020 and 2041 and sets out a vision and policies to guide development in the parish. The draft Plan proposes a site allocation for around 40 new dwellings at Greenhill Lane and includes polic...
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Help us support rough sleepers this Christmas

Residents are being urged to help rough sleepers this Christmas by letting Malvern Hills District Council know about people they see on the streets. People can play their part this festive season by remembering to see, say, support. See – if you spot someone sleeping rough. Say – tell StreetLink what they look like and where they are online at www....
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Council committed to tackling holiday hunger

Malvern Hills District Council is working with schools and partner organisations to make sure families in need do not go hungry during the Christmas holidays. More than £53,000 from the Government's Winter Covid-19 Grant has been made available to voluntary and charitable organisations working with those in need and will be distributed through Worc...
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A Christmas jumper is for life

Christmas jumpers have joined mince pies, ice skating and Noddy Holder in becoming an integral part of the festive season. Sadly, they are also adding to the shocking environmental damage Christmas does too. In the UK we spend about £220 million on Christmas jumpers but according to the environmental charity Hubbub a quarter of them end up in the b...
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Don't let your festive food go to waste

According to Love Food Hate Waste, more than a third of us admit we throw away more food at Christmas than at any other time of the year. In fact, the UK throws out the equivalent of: 2 million turkeys5 million Christmas puddings74 million mince pies That's a lot of wasted energy and water needed to make that food, as well as your money, going in t...
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Should you buy a real Christmas tree or an artificial one?

In terms of waste prevention, opting for a plastic tree may seem the obvious way to go as if you look after it, then it can be used again and again. In comparison, about 250 tonnes of Christmas trees end up in landfill each year, even though there are better ways to dispose of them. However, opting for an artificial tree seems a little odd given we...
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Alternative advent calendars, wrapping paper and other tips

Here are a few ideas to help you apply the reduce, reuse and recycle principles to the spirit of the festive season. Advent calendars They are great fun and the chocolate ones are very tasty but do create waste in terms of the cardboard outer box, foil cover and plastic inner. So why not make your own this year? Make it reusable and you can use it ...
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Your naughty and nice Christmas recycling guide

Here is our guide to help you get your recycling right and cut your waste this Christmas. Visit what can i put in my green bin for information about all the items you can recycle at home. The Nice List These go in your green bin/cherry sack or can be taken to a Household Recycling Centre where indicated. Wrapping paper – if it is not glittery ...
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Residents urged to remember from home

Residents are being urged to remember those who sacrificed their lives in two World Wars, and conflicts since, from the safety of their doorsteps. Coronavirus cases continue to rise across our district and restrictions to help stop the spread of the virus mean remembrance events will have to take place differently this year. Malvern Hills District ...
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Football community shows support for foodbank

The football community have joined forces with the Leader of Malvern Hills District Council to create a new food collection point to help feed those in crisis. Simon Secretan, Chair of Leigh & Bransford Badgers FC, approached Cllr Sarah Rouse for support to help create a permanent collection point for Malvern Hills Foodbank at the home of Malve...
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Call for shift in attitudes on apprenticeships

The view apprenticeships are 'not as good as university' needs to be challenged to help fill the skills gap in Malvern Hills District, according to a new report. The Apprenticeship Task and Finish Group, is calling for better marketing of apprenticeships, support to help young people travel to access apprenticeship opportunities, and to make it eas...
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Concerns raised over housing numbers

Proposed planning reforms could lead to more than 50,000 new homes being built across South Worcestershire in unsustainable locations and worsen the affordable housing crisis. That's the warning from Cllr Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, in response to the Government's Changes to the Current Planning System consultation. The p...
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Cash boost for rough sleepers

More than £440,000 has been given to councils across Worcestershire to continue supporting rough sleepers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The money comes from the Government's Next Steps Accommodation Programme, which is part of the national strategy to end rough sleeping for good. Funding will be used to continue providing B&B and hotel accommod...
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